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Motherboard: Experiencing civil war through virtual reality goggles

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:06 -- Eva Prkachin

This virtual reality simulator is helping to bring the visceral, human effects of war to life for people far away from conflict.

Article by Chris Malmo for Motherboard

The situation for journalism in Syria is grim, and getting worse. With Bashar al-Assad on one side, and a handful of extremist rebel groups like the Islamic State on the other, journalist abductions and intimidation are common, with sometimes sickening results.

For a few years now, Syria has been categorized by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the most dangerous country in the world to be a reporter. Media coverage since the 2013 chemical attack a year ago has trailed off precipitously.

As the humanitarian crisis continues, it's becoming more difficult to tell the story to people outside Syria. But thanks to the rapidly growing world of virtual reality technology, there is now a way to put people outside Syria on the ground in the middle of the war without risking their safety.

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